Monday, 28 February 2011

Ready to Answer Some one's Prayer??


I have previously written that the reason for some unanswered prayers may be because God is Solving Bigger Problems. Another major reason for unanswered prayers is Man. Throughout history God has been answering people’s prayer through people. We see this pattern throughout the Scriptures.

Joseph was the answer to the hunger problem that was about to destroy people. Israelites cried out from the slavery of Egypt and God answered them by giving them Moses. Throughout the book of Judges when people cried to God, God raised a Man or Women to solve their problem. When Ruth was helpless in a new country it was Boaz whom God used to give a hope. When Goliath was roaring and Israelites were hiding, it was David who became the answer of God. Jesus himself became a Man and thus became the answer to the humanity’s greatest question, the question of Sin. And the list continues.

I am just saying that every human being can be the answer to someone’s prayer. For the person living in the roadside and praying for his hunger to end, you can answer him by providing food. May be a next door neighbor needs some money and he has been praying to God. You can be the answer by sharing some of your. A fatherless needs some love, why don’t you be the answer by sharing your love. The reason why people have many unanswered prayers is that we as human beings are not ready to be God’s answers. We shut our eyes, hearts and home and hence people live with unanswered prayers. Instead of being the answer, our life only creates more questions about God’s love. Many times we blame God for the hunger problem, the slavery problem, and the other Goliaths of our times. But I should be blamed for the unanswered prayers because I don’t do what I can and should do.

Be the answer for somebody today. Encourage them, provide food, pay their fees, love them, and do whatever is possible for others. When we realize that we are the answers, people will realize God answers prayers. How are you going to be God’s Answers this week?

Sunday, 20 February 2011

What Gandhiji Missed..

We have all heard about the Gandhiji’s 3 monkey’s principle. The explanations of the three monkeys are speak no evil, hear no evil and see no evil. This is a very famous principle today. Some say it originated from Japan and some say it originated from china. Wherever it might have originated from in India it is commonly known as “Gandhiji’s three monkey’s principle”. With all due respect to Gandhiji I must confess that He missed the root of the problem. The three monkeys tell us to stop our actions which are just the result of something that is happening in us. Most people try to change their actions without changing the sources of action. The source is your thought. So we will change the principle. Let us have one monkey (I am not sure why they use monkeys??) with its hand on its head symbolizing Think No Evil. It is wise to control our thoughts which are the source rather than controlling the actions which are just the results of your thoughts. Controlling the actions without controlling your thoughts won’t work.

Thursday, 17 February 2011

Story - Empty Chair


This is a story that i heard in youtube told by Brennan Manning, the author of the famous book Ragamuffin Gospel. The minister in the Story was he himself.

A man's daughter had asked the local minister to come and pray with her father. When the minister arrived, he found the man lying in bed with his head propped up on two pillows. An empty chair sat beside his bed.
The minister assumed that the old fellow had been informed of his visit. "I guess you were expecting me, he said.
'No, who are you?" said the father.
The minister told him his name and then remarked, "I saw the empty chair and I figured you knew I was going to show up,"
"Oh yeah, the chair," said the bedridden man.
"Would you mind closing the door?"
Puzzled, the minister shut the door.
"I have never told anyone this, not even my daughter," said the man. "But all of my life I have never known how to pray. At church I used to hear the pastor talk about prayer, but it went right over my head." I abandoned any attempt at prayer," the old man continued, "until one day four years ago, my best friend said to me, "Johnny, prayer is just a simple matter of having a conversation with Jesus. Here is what I suggest." "Sit down in a chair; place an empty chair in front of you, and in faith see Jesus on the chair. It's not spooky because he promised, 'I will be with you always'.
"Then just speak to him in the same way you're doing with me right now."
"So, I tried it and I've liked it so much that I do it a couple of hours every day. I'm careful though. If my daughter saw me talking to an empty chair, she'd either have a nervous breakdown or send me off to the funny farm."
The minister was deeply moved by the story and encouraged the old man to continue on the journey.
Then he prayed with him, anointed him with oil, and returned to the church.
Two nights later the daughter called to tell the minister that her daddy had died that afternoon.
Did he die in peace?" he asked.
Yes, when I left the house about two o'clock, he called me over to his bedside, told me he loved me and kissed me on the cheek. When I got back from the store an hour later, I found him dead. But there was something strange about his death. Apparently, just before Daddy died, he leaned over and rested his head on the chair beside the bed. What do you make of that?"
The minister wiped a tear from his eye and said, "I wish we could all go like that."

Sunday, 13 February 2011

Love Test!!


Yesterday I heard Mr.Clement Vedhanayagam speak. He is such an awesome speaker. I am using his sermon as a base for today’s post. Since its valentine’s day you could also test your love. 
 God loves us completely and passionately because he is Love. Love is not just a part of his feeling. He is Love. We can see that as we see Jesus hung on the cross as he took our place. This was demonstrating the fullness of God’s Love. So we know God loves us. But today we are going to check if we love God. We might have said that we love you Lord. Three simple checks will reveal your love for God
1.     Do you hate evil?
Psalms 97: 10 says, let those who love the LORD hate evil. If you say I love the Lord, then check do you really hate evil. You may say, I don’t do evil. But you may cherish evil in your heart. If you really loved the Lord, there will arise anger and hatred toward what is evil.
2.   Do you obey his commandments?
John 14:21 says Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me.  If you love a person, you will obey him. It’s very simple as that. When you don’t obey that person, you mean he is not much important to you. When you say you love God, check if your obeying God.
3.   Do you love people?
1 john 4:21 says anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister. In the previous words it says whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. Can it get any clearer than that?
Did you pass the test? Well if you have congrats!! If not, my friend it’s time to realign your life with God Word. Happy Valentine’s Day!! It’s time to celebrate God’s love and to check your love for HIM.

Thursday, 10 February 2011

Story -Sand Castles

I Love Stories. I Read a lot of Stories. I also collect a lot of Stories. Now, Am going to post stories regularly here in my blog. Here is the FIRST Story. It is written by my favorite author MAX LUCADO. Enjoy it.

Hot sun. Salty air. Rhythmic waves. A little boy is on the beach. On his knees he scoops and packs the sand with plastic shovels into a bright red bucket. Then he upends the bucket on the surface and lifts it. And, to the delight of the little architect, a castle tower is created.

All afternoon he will work. Spooning out the moat. Packing the walls. Bottle tops will be sentries. Popsicle sticks will be bridges. A sandcastle will be built.



Big city. Busy streets. Rumbling traffic.

A man is in office. At his desk he shuffles papers into stacks and delegates assignments. He cradles the phone on his shoulder and punches the keyboard with his fingers. Numbers are juggled and contracts are signed and much to the delight of the man, a profit is made.

All his life he will work. Formulating the plans. Forecasting the future. Annuities will be sentries. Capital gains will be bridges. An empire will be built.

Two builders of two castles. They have much in common. They shape granules into grandeurs. They see nothing and make something. They are diligent and determined. And for both the tide will rise and the end will come.

Yet that is where the similarities cease. For the boy sees the end while the man ignores it. Watch the boy as the dusk approaches.

As the waves near, the wise child jumps to his feet and begins to clap. There is no sorrow. No fear. No regret. He knew this would happen. He is not surprised. And when the great breaker crashes into his castle and his masterpiece is sucked into the sea, he smiles. He smiles, picks up his tools, takes his father's hand and goes home.

The grownup, however, is not so wise. As the wave of years collapses on his castle, he is terrified. He hovers over the sandy monument to protect it. He blocks the waves from the walls he has made. Saltwater soaked and shivering he snarls at the incoming tide.

"It's my castle," he defies.

The ocean need not respond. Both know to whom the sand belongs...

And I don't know much about sandcastles. But children do. Watch them and learn. Go ahead and build, but build with a child's heart. When the sun sets and the tides take -- applaud. Salute the process of life, take your Father's hand, and go home.

Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Looking from Above!!

God's View

Man's View

These two images reminds me of mans perspective and God’s perspective. We never fully understand what God intends in our life. We see our life with all its obstacles. We never know what’s going happen tomorrow. But God see from above and he sees the whole path clearly. So if you are wise, you will obey him and follow his instructions. The One who sees the path clearly can lead you in the right path. I want to be wise. How about you?

Thursday, 3 February 2011

What I learnt from the Devil?


Before you start to throw stones at me for the Title, allow me explain what I mean. When you learn something from a Character from the bible, you tell that so and so character teaches us to obey God or be humble or whatever. But originally it’s only God teaching us through that character. That’s what I meant in the title. What God taught me through the character of Lucifer from the Bible. Thanks for putting the stones down.
He said in his heart (Is 14: 13): The devil didn’t actually go before God and say that he would take his throne. He actually said it in his heart. In other words he just thought. That thought led to his downfall. Many times we don’t verbalize our secret wrong desires. We may be good at hiding it. But God sees our heart and what we say in our heart matters to Him. The Devil was formed because of what he said in his heart.  What do you say in your heart? Changing your actions is not real change. You have to change your thoughts. Many times, you may be angry or jealous on others but you may be an expert in hiding those things in your heart. But even when it is in your heart God knows it. What is in your heart?

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Finishing!!

I am a great starter. I like to start so many things. I initiate a lot of things where ever I go. New projects, new book, new relationships, and so on. That being said, I must confess I am not a good finisher. For example, I start to read a book but I don’t finish it. I find it difficult sometimes to finish well.